First Team

Craig Thrilled with Victory

26th January 2019

Craig Levein was thrilled with Hearts' performance as they comfortably brushed St Johnstone aside in a 2-0 win at Tynecastle.

Goals from Marcus Godinho and Callumn Morrison - both scoring their first goals for the club - secured victory for the Jambos and they now leapfrog St Johnstone into fifth place, sitting three points behind fourth-placed Rangers.

"I was thrilled to bits with them today for their controlled performance," the manager said. "I really can’t remember St Johnstone having a shot at goal - and they have a great record away from home."

"There’s a lot of players who were very, very, good today and I’m pleased that on Foundation of Hearts Day the supporters got to see a victory to thank them for all the help they’ve given the club in recent years."

After a first 45 minutes that saw Hearts dominate but not find the breakthrough, it only took the Jambos seven second-half minutes to get on the scoresheet.

"The first goal was an unbelievable pass from John Souttar but Marcus showed great composure to bring the ball down - and then he panicked and just hit it, and it went in," Craig said.

"Callumn has been promising to score from those kind of positions and it was great for him as well. He has now played 30 appearances for the club so now he can officially go into the first team dressing room. That’s good news for him but not for the rest of the boys," the manager joked.

The game also saw the full return of John Souttar who made his first start since injuring his hip in October. The centre-half has returned ahead of schedule and is the come back of another key player in the squad.

"I’m always impressed with John but the fact he has been out injured for a long period of time and played about 30 minutes the other night, it looks like he hasn’t been away," Craig added.

"He’s worked really hard to get himself back to a position to get back on the field and I thought it was an imperious performance by him when you consider how long he’s been out. It looks like he’s just picked up where he left off.”

You can watch Craig's post-match interview by clicking here